Issues of Gratuitous Type have found new homes at Domy Books in Austin, TX. Domy is an awesome shop focusing editioned books, periodicals, video, and products that concentrate on contemporary art and culture. Domy co-founder Russell Etchen recommends checking out these great titles when you stop in to pick up a well-traveled issue of GT:
1) In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955
2) Two Lines Align by Ed Fella and Geoff McFetridge
3) The Dead by Jack Burman
4) Fallen Books by Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson
5) An Awesome Book! by Dallas Clayton
Gratuitous Type is coming to New York’s mecca for great magazines, artist publications, and books—Printed Matter! Awesome news and a great way to kick off the week. If you’re in New York, don’t forget you can also buy the magazine at Spoonbill & Sugartown in Williamsburg and McNally Jackson in Nolita.
Apologies for the single-mindedness, but it seems that I’ve got magazines on the brain. One of the consistently great ones these days is It’s Nice That, and Issue #5 looks to be no exception. Of particular interest is photographer Qiu Yang’s peek into the studio of Letman (Job Wouters). Looking forward to it!
Stumbled across some exciting work at No.Zines (a great online resource for the independent magazine/publishing addict): Buffalo Zine is a fresh-looking biannual magazine of art, music and writing based in Madrid. Love the type and play on the newspaper-within-a-newspaper, while totally subverting this idea at the same time. Great. Stuff. See the whole issue here. And don’t forget to check out No.Zines. Really, it’s excellent.
When reading a physical book is just too easy, there’s Books2Barcodes, a site that offers some of literature’s greatest works for download via thousands of QR barcodes. The project was created by Wonder-Tonic (Mike Lacher), who’s got a fantastic portfolio of equally nonsensical work, like The Geocities-izer (transform your website into a Geocities page circa 1996), Cage Flix (add every film from Nicolas Cage’s oeuvre to your Netflix queue) and parodies of celebrity gossip rags, like this and this.
Gratuitous Type has found it’s way to Sweden. If you’re in Stockholm, stop by the fabulous Papercut (located at Krukmakargatan 24) to grab a copy of our first issue. While you’re there, co-owner Alexander Dahlberg also recommends having a look at these favorite magazines: Apartamento, Put A Egg On It, 032c, The Journal, and Purple Fashion.